Utility Street Men's Hostel


NIID operate the Utility street mens hostel. It has accommodation for 58 single men and one disabled occupancy space suitable for service users with wheelchair needs. The unit was built in 1982 by Habinteg Housing Association who own the building to this day, with NIID being the only renter to date.

The facility was modernised with a significant grant through DSD to Habinteg Housing association in 2013-2015, this has created a rejuvenated space for NIID to engage service users to a much more significant level. The service delivery has changed significantly over the years, today service users are accommodated for the period appropriate to them personally on their journey back to independent living.

Our aim is to support the statutory bodies and agencies to accommodate service users in need of direct access accommodation. We aim to assist service users to grow their personal capacity to the point where they can leave Utility street and enter either statutory, Social Voluntary or community or private housing provision.


Service users present with a multitude of support needs, while we today have a relatively high tolerance and low threshold, we cannot accommodate service users with a Conviction for arson or sex offence.

The service users we can accommodate receive the support needs through a dedicated team of professional Support workers with support available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The overall support delivered by NIID is funded largely by Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Supporting People programme.